Having Now Settled All Their Affairs, The Indians Divided
Themselves Into Two Parties, And Began To Play The Game Of Hiding A Bone,
Already Described As Common To All The Natives Of This Country,
Which They Continued Playing For Beads And Other Ornaments."
As there was so dismal a prospect for crossing the snow-covered mountains
at this season of the year, the
Captains of the expedition resolved to
establish a camp and remain until the season should be further advanced.
Accordingly, a spot on the north side of the river, recommended to them
by the Indians, was selected, and a move across the stream was made.
A single canoe was borrowed for the transit of the baggage, and the horses
were driven in to swim across, and the passage was accomplished without loss.
The camp was built on the site of an old Indian house, in a circle about
thirty yards in diameter, near the river and in an advantageous position.
As soon as the party were encamped, the two Chopunnish chiefs came down
to the opposite bank, and, with twelve of their nation, began to sing.
This was the custom of these people, being a token of their friendship
on such occasions. The captains sent a canoe over for the chiefs, and,
after smoking for some time, Hohastillpilp presented Captain with a fine
gray horse which he had brought over for that purpose, and he was perfectly
satisfied to receive in return a handkerchief, two hundred balls, and four
pounds of powder.
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